Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Diddy Speaks About Cassie's New Album

Diddy spoke to Billboard about Cassie's new album. It has no title yet, and no official release date.

"That's going to really, really catch people off guard," he says. "There's
a huge [cry] out there for a younger Britney Spears, a younger Janet Jackson.
Those two great artists have paved the way. She has a single out called
'Official Girl' and Danja produced it, and it is a smash.Cassie released her
self-titled debut in 2006, which went on to sell 321,000 copies in the United
States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Single "Me & U" peaked at No. 1 on
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100. It has
also sold more than 1 million digital downloads.Diddy says Cassie has grown
significantly since the debut; at one point during the promo cycle for the album, the pair used
viral video to apologize for her poor performance on a radio show."I just don't
think she was ready," Diddy says. "I think that we threw her into the spotlight
without the artist development -- that goes on with a lot of new artists. We
pulled out, we took our time, we developed her for like, a year-and-a-half.
People are just going to see her there and be like, 'Wow, she's really cocooned
into a butterfly.'"Although the track list isn't finalized, Cassie told
Billboard earlier this year she'd worked with mentor Ryan Leslie, Seven, Mario
Winans, Bryan Michael Cox, Eric Hudson, Sean C and LV on the project.

Personally, I think that Cassie's first album was a solid attempt. It was nice. It had some hot tracks on there. Althought her voice is not the best, it isn't the worse. I am anticipating this album. Upon hearing the song "Thirsty" I was impressed. It was a hot track. So I am rooting for her.